CityFood Vision

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Our vision

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Our Vision


The 2030 vision for a CityFood city is one based on concrete and visible action towards Healthy People, Healthy Landscape and Healthy Climate, including:


  • Tackling urban challenges through systemic food policies and multi-level governance;
  • Engaging citizens, communities and relevant stakeholders to develop integrated, inclusive food policies;
  • Strengthening urban-rural linkages and short supply chains for greater food sovereignty, food justice and resilience;
  • Fostering a healthy food environment with equal access to safe, nutritious and sustainable food. 

How can we make this vision a reality?     Follow THE CITYFOOD TRIPLE H APPROACH

Why Cities Matter

More than 70% of the world’s food is consumed in cities, and this share will only increase as urban populations are expected to grow by 2.5 billion people by 2050. At the same time, about one-third of the food produced gets lost or wasted. From food procurement, fresh food markets, waste management to reshaping local food infrastructure and supply to encouraging behavioural change and the protein shift, there are many levers that local governments can pull to make sustainable and healthy food environments the new normal.


When faced with food-related challenges, as demonstrated during the global pandemic, mayors and urban leaders are on the frontline and are expected to take swift actions for their citizens. It is therefore essential for cities to be well prepared and equipped to respond to emergencies with strong baseline data and resources to build healthy and sustainable food environments.


Although local and regional governments have considerable power over many aspects of their food system – from nutrition and health to economic development to land use and resource and emergency management – only a few integrate food in a cohesive manner across their different thematic departments.